'House Of Cards' Star Reg E. Cathey Dies At 59

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Feb. 9 2018, Published 11:43 p.m. ET

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House of Cards actor Reg E. Cathey has died.

The star, who played Freddy on the hit Netflix series and also appeared on The Wire, was only 59-years-old at the time of his passing.

The Wire creator David Simon was first to report his death.

"Reg Cathey, 1958-2018. Not only a fine, masterful actor -- but simply one of the most delightful human beings with whom I ever shared some long days on set. On wit alone, he could double any man over and leave him thinking. Reg, your memory is a great blessing," Simon wrote on Twitter alongside a photo of the late actor.

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Several actors and TV creators took to social media to pay their respects.

Samual L. Jackson wrote: "Shattered at the loss of Reg E. Cathey! Brilliant actor, humorist & friend! Irreplaceable! The ancestors about to be challenged!!"

"We lost a sweet, sweet man and a sweet, sweet, SWEET artist today," Tweeted Bobby Cannavale. "Rest In Power, Reg E. Cathey We will miss you."

Fellow actor Jeffrey Wright wrote: "Man. RIP, my brah. Damn."

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